Dr. Michael Schulenberg and your neighborhood Walgreens are probably wishing that an iconic spark plug of funk in bell bottoms, cha cha heels, and a sexy attitude had never moved with catlike grace into their lives. TMZ reports that Prince’s family is suing his doctor (and the Walgreens corporation) over his death by fentanyl overdose in April 2016.
Prince’s family is claiming that Dr. Schulenberg last treated Prince on the day before his death (and has video footage of [insert Prince’s male/female combo symbol here] and the doctor walking into his office to back it up) but “failed to appropriately diagnose and treat the rocker’s addiction.” They’re holding Schulenberg chiefly responsible for Prince’s death. Authorities claim that Dr. Schulenberg admitted to them to prescribing a different opioid to Prince days before his death and putting it under his bodyguard’s name. The doc later said that was a lie, but he did pay a $30,000 settlement over a federal civil violation for prescribing a drug illegally.
Dr. Schulenberg isn’t the only one to suddenly be tricked by process servers disguised as Vanity, Appolonia or Tevin Campbell. The family has also filed a similar suit against Trinity Medical Center in Illinois where Prince was treated for his overdose the week before his death. And they’ve filed against Walgreens for “dispensing narcotic prescription medications to him for an invalid medical purpose and failing to make sure he was using the drug properly.”
TMZ says that Prince filled multiple prescriptions at the Walgreens near his home in the days before his death, and was seen pacing around the parking lot on one occasion while his aide got his script filled. NBC News says that Prince’s family wants $50,000 in damages:
The lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court this week alleges that Schulenberg and others had “an opportunity and duty during the weeks before Prince’s death to diagnose and treat Prince’s opioid addiction, and to prevent his death. They failed to do so.”
According to the complaint, which was first reported by ABC News, Prince’s family seeks unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.
Prince’s family suing that shady doctor and Walgreens isn’t surprising, but what is surprising is that people haven’t filed lawsuits against his estate for the vapors they suffered from while witnessing the sexy Purple One thumb through magazines at their local Walgreens.